Television station ATV is considering airing news from the official Chinese broadcaster after its own Cantonese-language nightly bulletin. In a sign of the mainland's growing influence in Hong Kong, the station is holding discussions with the state-owned CCTV to show its Cantonese-language news programme. Denying the proposed move opened the door to mainland propaganda, an executive insisted it would cater to a growing demand for news from the mainland after Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule. 'Hong Kong people will be naturally interested in what is going on in China,' said assistant chief executive Kenneth Kwok Wai-kin. There was now a strong demand for news from China, and more people were learning Putonghua, he said. Mr Kwok said ATV did not believe the broadcasts would carry propaganda. News broadcasts were generally based on facts, he said. Independent legislator and chair of the Legislative Council's information panel, Emily Lau Wai-hing, said: 'If they want the public to believe that the news on Chinese television is not propaganda, they are naive.' She said the station should expand its own coverage of China by journalists, rather than rely on news from the state broadcaster. 'There is demand to know what the hell China is up to and not what is on CCTV,' Ms Lau said. Mr Kwok said the proposal arose during discussions about the purchase of programmes from the mainland. 'Nothing has been finalised,' he said. It had been agreed, however, that there would be no editing of the news.